Early Childhood Education Bachelor's Program
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The Early Childhood Education Program Education is committed to the exploration of all of the components of being an early childhood professional. In other words, teaching is not just a profession; it is a way of life. Our mission is to guide candidates in exploring curriculum, assessment, teaching pedagogies, policies, expectations, research, relationships, practices, and resources that will support them in designing their teaching lives in ways that are sustainable and promote equity. Read More...
The ECE Program curriculum consists of three groups of required courses:
- Pathways General Education
- Liberal Arts Co-Concentration
- Early Childhood Education Courses
All of these work together to complement a well-rounded education that makes it possible for you to inspire curiosity and skills in young children. Read more...
Tips From Faculty and Staff
Have confidence in your ability to learn from mistakes.
Attend to, and nurture your entire being as you prepare to become a teacher. Work to create balance in your life. Analyze and reflect on your own educational journey, as well as that of your families and ancestors, because these have influenced your beliefs, emotions, and experiences as a learner and teacher. Become the teacher you want, and expect, for your own children.
Use revision to improve your life and the life of all living things around you.
Think about who you want your future students to be and become.
Always do the readings assigned for each class session before the class meets. This way you will get the most out of your educational experience.
I was a first-generation college student who majored in education as an undergraduate. Remember that you are doing more than completing a four-year degree. You are taking steps to become a professional. This program may be harder than other programs you could have chosen, but successfully completing it will make the hard work and sacrifices worth it in the end. Don't give up!!!
Tips for Coming Back to School During Covid
- Plan for the new reality: think about commuting, safety, energy levels, mental and physical health
- Transportation may run more infrequently; leave extra time for your commute. It is not acceptable to arrive to class late.
- Commute safely: leave class together, walk to the subway, the bus, or your car with others; travel in groups when possible; travel in the conductor’s car. If the subway station seems desolate, wait at the top of the steps until your train arrives. If the bus stop seems desolate, stand by an open store.
- Trust your intuition: leave the train, the subway station, the bus, or the area if you don’t feel safe. Be aware of your surroundings.
- Talk to your elders about how they stayed safe during times of social dislocation in the past.
- Honor and care for your health. Preparing to become a professional requires energy. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
- Aim for balance: Set aside time for schoolwork, relationships, health, work, sleep/rest, leisure. Protect your time, including from your own distractions.
- Your health—or absence of health—affects other people. Think of the group as well as yourself. Maintain your hand-washing and sanitizing routines.
- What do you need to bring with you to make you feel more comfortable and sustain you through a full evening of classes? (A small meal, fruit/snacks, beverages, sanitizing wipes, etc.)
- Do your best; your actions and attitudes affect the entire group.
- Treat others as you want to be treated; give, and expect, respect.
- Listen attentively and speak mindfully.
- Be curious—this is essential to learning.
- Embrace a growth mindset.
- Embrace a culturally-responsive mindset—we are learning to communicate across our differences.
- We have individually and collectively gone through a lot. Give yourself—and others—some grace.
Last Updated: 02/09/2023 11:02